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Department of Sociology

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Graduate Program

U of M Sociology offers a PhD program covering the fundamentals of sociological theory and methods, emphasizing mastery of central literatures and debates, the conduct of research, teaching, and policy application.

The department is able to provide substantial opportunities for advanced training through seminars, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and instructorships. Incoming students receive funding packages that support them up to five years.

At the U of M you will find a supportive, collaborative, and challenging intellectual environment, an opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research, and a commitment to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.

We are proud of the 94% placement record of our recent Ph.D. graduates (since 2002) and the positions our former students have attained at so many notable institutions across the country and around the globe.

Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Elizabeth Boyle
Professor Ann Meier


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2014 Cohort


Becky Drasin
Graduate Program Associate

Ann Meier
Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate News

  • Dr. Vania Brightman Cox successfully defends

    Vania Brightman Cox successfully defended her dissertation, "An Ethnograhic Discourse Analysis of Anti-Trafficking Activism," on May 18, 2015. Her advisors are Professors Teresa Gowan and Elizabeth Boyle.

    May 21st, 2015
  • Sarah Lageson is a Ph.D.!

    Sarah Lageson successfully defended her dissertation, "Digital Punishment in an Era of Online Crime Reporting," on May 13, 2015. Her advisor is Prof. Chris Uggen. In Fall 2015, Sarah will begin her career as an Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. Congratulations, Dr. Lageson!

    May 14th, 2015

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Alumni News

  • Arturo Baiocchi (Ph.D. 2014) accepts Assistant Professor position

    Arturo Baioccho (Ph.D. 2014) will begin a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University Sacramento.

    March 26th, 2015
  • Gina Erickson, Assistant Professor Hamline University

    Gina Erickson (Ph.D. 2012) will begin her second year, this fall 2014, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

    July 17th, 2014

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